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When it comes to skincare, the best vitamin C skincare products are definitely something you need on your radar. The powerful antioxidant boasts a wealth of skin-transforming benefits and combats dullness, fine lines, skin damage, uneven skin tone and signs of ageing – to name a few.
No matter your skin type, vitamin C is something everyone should include in their beauty regime. But with so much on the market, it’s hard to know what will work best for you.
We had our OK! beauty testing panel put some of the best vitamin C skincare products to the test to see if they live up to the hype…
Pixi BeautifEYE Hydrogel Eye Patches, £22 for 30 here
Use these for 10 minutes on clean skin to quickly brighten and energise your under-eye area. They also promise to help reduce puffiness and minimise dark circles.
Our tester says: "Great for sensitive skin as they feel very gentle and soothing. I put mine in the fridge so they were even more cooling and got rid of a lot of puffiness under my eyes. I'd definitely repurchase as they also helped make my concealer apply better and not look cakey."
OSKIA Super-C Capsules, £7.50 here as part of the OK! Beauty Edit
These individual capsules of brightening serum-oil hybrid, containing vitamins C and E and almond oil, are filled just the right amount of product in each, meaning there's no risk of waste.
Our tester says: "My time in the morning is precious, I can only deal with speedy multi-tasking products, which is why I'm a massive fan of these capsules. Not only do they boost my complexion, they work as a primer and I only need a dab of concealer and I'm good-to-go."
Even better news? You'll get a week's worth in this month's OK! Glow and Go Edit, alongside five other brilliant beauty products. New subscribers can snap up their first box for just £7.50 using the code 50FIRSTBOX, with each monthly box costing £15 thereafter. You can pause or cancel your membership at any time, and the contents are always worth at least a combined total of £60. We know, it sounds almost too good to be true…
Boots Vitamin C Sleeping Mask, £4 here
This night-time moisturiser coats skin in a nourishing, vitamin-packed formula, and forms part of a four-piece vitamin C range that claims to give skin a brighter look in just 14 days.
Our tester says: "It’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever used. The morning after I first used the cream, my skin looked really bright and like I had a holiday glow. The orange scent is lovely, and the formula isn’t greasy at all so sinks in and makes my skin feel so soft. I don’t want to use anything else now!"
The Inkey List 15% Vitamin C and EGF Serum, £14.99 here
Made to deliver a potent dose of antioxidants and vitamin C to brighten skin, it stimulates collagen and elastin production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Our tester says: "I used it as part of my night-time regime before my regular night cream. On application it feels like a mask, it has a tightening effect on the face which I loved and I definitely think my skin now looks brighter after using it for a month. Although it says it's gentle enough for daily use, I think every other day would be better for sensitive skin."
Skin Proud Bright Boost 2% Vitamin C Multi-Vitamin Serum, £12.99 here
Lightweight and packed with vitamin C, kakadu plum and vitamins B and E, this serum targets dullness and lacklustre skin to give it a brightening boost from first use.
Our tester says: "It can be used morning and night, but I chose just morning. I like it because it sinks in quickly so it’s perfect under my make-up. I’ve been using it for two weeks and I’m not seeing a massive difference in my skin tone, but it does feel a bit less dry."
Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum, £72 here
This shields skin against the damage from daily aggressors like pollution. The formula also boasts a 55% higher antioxidant defence than traditional vitamin C, and contains glycolic acid to help lessen dark spots and improves luminosity.
Our tester says: "I loved this right from my first use. It made my skin more hydrated and glowy, and in under a week my skin texture looked so much smoother. I use it religiously every morning and I’ve had compliments on my skin a few times. I dread the day I run out!"
Sanctuary Spa Vitamin C 20% Daily Glow Serum, £16.50 here
A serum which combines 20% pure vitamin C with plumping hyaluronic acid and antioxidant turmeric oil. In tests 86% of users saw more radiant skin after a single use.
Tester says: "Made my skin feel a little tingly at first but luckily I’d read on the pack that this was normal. I loved the smooth, silky feel it gave, and my skin definitely looked brighter right away. This serum plus face SPF is now my morning skin regime – I’m addicted!"
What are the benefits of vitamin C for skin?
Still confused about factoring vitamin C into your skincare routine? Below Dr Imogen Bexfield has the answers on why and how to use vitamin C.
It’s a super powerful antioxidant. Free radicals cause cell damage, early ageing and inflammation. Vitamin C will help fight these. It also helps reduce the damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
More mature skin will benefit from using a serum vitamin C as you get a higher absorption rate. Look for formulas with around 15% for maximum benefits.
You can use a vitamin C morning or night but it can make your skin more sensitive to sun, so make sure you wear a factor 50 in the day. Our skin regenerates at night so you’ll likely find your treatment will be more effective if using it while you sleep.
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